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Old 08-01-2007, 01:56 PM
 
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My wife and I are American Citizens. We are very seriously considering moving to Canada and starting over, perhaps in Toronto, Halifax, or Prince Edward Island.

We don't have any visas at this point. If we moved and rented an apartment, would it be impossible to get a job without a visa?

I hope this question is not too naive.

Thanks,

JR
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Old 08-01-2007, 06:20 PM
 
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If you entered Canada as visitors and just rented an apartment and decided to stay, then, yes, it would not be legally possible to work.

In order to legally work in Canada, you'll need either a work visa or Permanent Resident's status.

Why not visit the Canadian Government's Immigration web site and check out all the options available to you?

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Old 08-05-2007, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Canada
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Default Get a job

Cornerguy1 it is no 100% true. If you someone moved here from the US without visa, yes you cannot get a job, however you can get a Work permit here, same way Canadians can get work visa in the US, it is valid for 1 year. You will need to apply for a new one every year.
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Old 08-05-2007, 10:09 PM
 
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Kirill

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In order to legally work in Canada, you'll need either a work visa or Permanent Resident's status.
The point is, that someone can not, (legally), simply drive across the border, set up housekeeping, and obtain employment. There are legal niceties and Citizenship and Immigration Canada regulations to abide by.
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Old 08-11-2007, 06:41 AM
 
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Cornerguy1 it is no 100% true. If you someone moved here from the US without visa, yes you cannot get a job, however you can get a Work permit here, same way Canadians can get work visa in the US, it is valid for 1 year. You will need to apply for a new one every year.
How can one go about getting this work permit if they simply just move over to Canada from the USA? I want to move to Toronto or one of its suburbs, but am afraid that I may not be able to get a work visa without marrying someone there. I've reviewed the Canadian Embassy's website and found no information on Americans obtaining a work permit once in Canada.

Thanks,
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Old 08-11-2007, 07:43 PM
 
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All Canadian immigration falls under the auspices of Citzenship and Immigration Canada. There are numerous ways to legally enter Canada with the object of residing here and gaining employment.

Here is the link:

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Old 08-11-2007, 10:47 PM
 
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JR, if you're looking for a freash start in a Canada-esque environment...might I suggest Portland Oregon as a stepping stone?

My wife and I are Canucks, and we recently spent a week in Portland. Incredible city with a Canadian like feel to it. You'll find the economy pretty stable, and it would be an easier move then relocating to Canada off the bat. It sounds like you may need to do a bit more research if you're serious about moving to Canada, as the process takes a long time. Portland might be an easier alternative that you could do sooner rather than later. If, of course, you live in Portland now, please disregard
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